The Venue
LIVE AT THE VENUE
Fri 9 Feb - Alex Maxwell
Sat 10 Feb - The Skids
Fri 16 Feb - Erin Bennett
Sat 10 Mar - MacMuse
Fri 23 Mar - KROW
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CLUBS AT THE VENUE
Friday - Friday
Saturday - One Party, Two Floors
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For available dates please contact bookings@thevenuedumfries.co.uk

Friday 9 February
Alex MaxwellAlex Maxwell

plus Darcy DaSilva & Taagan

A Dumfries singer-songwriter, playing indie folk rock.

A BBC Introducing artist, Alex Maxwell performs solo, duo (often with Lissa Robertson) and with a 5 piece band. A landmark 2017 has seen Alex championed as a BBC Introducing Artist and Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday ‘Artist to Watch’. The first single has had repeated airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music through BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Scotland through Roddy Hart and Nicole Meighan and Jim Gellatly’s Amazing Radio. Alex was featured as a Fresh Fave on Tom Robinson’s ‘Fresh On The Net’ and played five summer festival appearances at Electric Fields, Eden Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Mugstock and Moniaive Folk Festival. Showcase performances at the BBC stage, Edinburgh Fringe and Dumfries Music Conference preceded the release of his first single. The Voodoo Rooms EP launch was a near sell out.

Alex started playing on a consistent basis across Edinburgh at the start of 2015. The songs have taken shape from this. The lyrics are semi-autobiographical and the music has shifted gradually from being troubadour-like to include upbeat singalongs. The music ranges from upbeat finger picking folk to full on indie-folk-rock-pop songs with hooky vocal lines for singalongs. Alex' vocals are inspired his favourite bands in the the Scottish indie scene, he is inspired by the the energy and imagination from The Tallest Man on Earth, the punk rock sense of honesty from Frank Turner, the delivery from Villagers and Bright Eyes and the free flowing melodies of Vance Joy and Shakey Graves.

In 2015, Alex was invited to perform at 'Folksville', 'Sofar Sounds Edinburgh', 'The Listening Rooms', performed feature sessions with Edinburgh Unplugged, Catalyst Sessions, played Wickerman and Electric Fields festival and supported Will Varley.

In 2016, Alex recorded his debut EP and was a Finalist at the Calmac Culture Final held at King Tut's in March, also performing at Oxjam Festival.

PRESS QUOTES:

BBC INTRODUCING – BBC 6 MUSIC (TOM ROBINSON) “Genius.. lovely yearning vocal and a huge favourite at Fresh on the Net, one of our readers favourite new discoveries”

FRESH ON THE NET (12/17) “A bright beginning that would make C Duncan proud, a lovely voice… this good on a debut EP, you just can’t be this good already.. you should be proud of what you do, our fine listeners loved your song and I did too”

AMAZING RADIO (JIM GELLATLY) (12/17) “That’s great, hints of Fatherson and Frightened Rabbit”

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND (NICOLE MEIGHAN + RODDY HART) (12/17) “Dumfries indie-folk and wonderful with it, Alex Maxwell with The Want Comes in Waves”

RAVE CHILD (7/17) 'A beautiful wash of campfire harmonies and finger-picking guitar build into Maxwell’s vocal, which recalls all the wordy Scottish-ness of Scott Hutchison with all warmth of early Fleet Foxes …well honed singer-songwriter tendencies’

SCOTSMAN/BORN TO BE WIDE (OLAF FURNISS+DERICK MACKINNON) (6/17) “Maxwell's debut single features Lissa Robertson enabling sweet girl/boy vocal harmonies".

7AHEAD "Don’t miss this rare chance to see the exceptionally talented Alex Maxwell performing live”



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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £5. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .
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Saturday 10 February
The SkidsThe Skids

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From 7pm - 10pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £27.50 from Ticketweb. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 16 February
Erin BennettErin Bennett

Erin Bennett is a power-pop singer songwriter from Texas. Her music cannot be likened to anything or anyone in the mainstream music industry. Her powerful vocal range coupled with her haunting lyrics set the tone for the driving drum, bass and soul-rattling synth; all topped off with caramel harmonies. The unique mix of music, lyric and melody sets Erin apart from the norm within the pop/rock world and if none of that gets you, the insanely catchy tunes certainly will.
She won the Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year award in 2012' (Scottish New Music Awards).


In March 2015 she released her 'ReFlowered' album and was awarded the 2015 Solo Album of the Year by The Local Music Scene Blog.

Last month Erin was in the studio finalising her new album 'Post Sexy' and is currently touring her new material with her band.


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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £4. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Saturday 10 March
MacMuseMacMuse

MacMuse are Scotland's Muse tribute, a 4 piece with a love of Muse and a desire to recreate the Muse experience and share it. The band formed in 2017 and are building a fanbase of 'Musers' and people who just like good songs and rock music played well, from a unique band that defy genre. Screaming falsettos, thundering bass, killer drums, delicate keyboard textures, all backed by amazing lights provide for a Muse experience. It may not be the real thing, but its close.



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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £7. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 23 March
KROWKROW

'Electronica for devil worshippers'
'Extreme feminist sound porn'
'A 140bpm mind-flaying maelstrom'

Taking the UK Electronica music scene by storm, critically-acclaimed vocalist and pagan rave sensation
KROW is the new incarnation of the infamous and impossibly talented vocalist of UK rock outfit, Rockbitch.
Praised for her rich, rock-operatic vocal style, KROW lends her unique talent to furious 140bpm big-beat influenced electronica.
With a host of unforgettable performances and recordings under her belt, it is no wonder that she has been featured on the likes of the Jonathan Ross Show, the Girlie Show and several DVD releases.
She cites the likes of The Prodigy and Knife Party as influences behind her inimitable style.

'However, the high point is lead singer [KROW]. Anyone who thinks that Skunk Anansie is the ultimate female voice in rock needs to listen to [this] Laut.de

KROW has previously performed as a vocalist at numerous renowned international festivals.
Examples include Germany's Wacken Festival, Locomotive in Paris and Melkweg in Amsterdam.
She has toured across the UK, Continental Europe and the United States.

KROW's 2016 performances launched with her set at PandoraFest, the UK's premiere women's music festival set in DunCarron Medieval
Village where she launched her new album Krowmance, complete with an unmissable conceptual stage show.



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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £4. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 30 March
Blackmore's BloodBlackmore's Blood

Deep Purple / Rainbow Tribute act

Ritchie Blackmore is beyond doubt one of the all-time great guitar players. From his roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies, eighties and again in the nineties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles.

Since their first gig in early 2016, Blackmore’s Blood’s reputation for presenting the most authentic tribute to the genius, flamboyance and flair of Ritchie from those rock years of Deep Purple and Rainbow, incorporating not only the true sound of the man himself but also the showmanship recreated in true Ritchie style, has lead to increasing successes and a demand for even more shows nationwide.

The band share an unequalled determination, commitment and passion to reproduce the look and sound of Deep Purple and Rainbow that fans of these two great bands want to see and hear. On vocals, Jim is a powerhouse. With the ability to recreate the passion of Gillan, the soulfulness of Coverdale and the spine tingling, breath taking power of Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet. Phil on Bass and Keith on Drums provide the perfect rhythm section, pulling the band together with pinpoint accuracy. Andy on Keyboards has been a follower and fan of the late great Jon Lord for many years giving him inspiration and the conviction to honour and emulate the sound of the great man himself. On guitar we have Mal who has studied and perfected his style and ability to mirror that of Ritchie for over 20 years. Blackmore’s Blood is Mal’s concept and the name comes from the fact that Mal is a true blood relative of Ritchie Blackmore. He has the look of him and an unrivalled ability to play and sound like him too. With support and acknowledgement from personnel who have worked closely with Ritchie during the past 40 years and more, it is clear why they say this band’s own Ritchie, really is the closest and the finest tribute to Ritchie Blackmore anyone is likely to see.



From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Saturday 9 June
Fue FightersFue Fighters

 

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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £6 on the door, £5 in advance from Barnstorm.. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .
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